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Identity Management at UVa

Levels of Identity Assurance at UVa

At the University of Virginia, before you can log into a secure application or a University-protected system, UVa must first be assured that you are really who you say you are before you are granted access. Identity assurance is the process that verifies the identities of computer users.

At UVa, there are 3 levels of identity assurance, depending upon the sensitivity of the data you are attempting to access, as described below.

Standard-Level Identity Assurance

At UVa, logging into most systems (such as UVaCollab or reading your UVa email) requires a standard level of identity assurance. Before allowing you to proceed to these systems, NetBadge requires that you provide:

Enhanced Identity Assurance

At UVa, logging into certain University computer systems which need a higher level of security requires enhanced identity assurance. Before allowing you to proceed to these systems, Enhanced NetBadge requires that you provide:

Note: If you already have a UVa Identity Token, you can use its high assurance digital certificate in place of answering a personal security question for Enhanced NetBadge. Simply click the Login button on the standard NetBadge login screen and select your token’s certificate.

High-Level Identity Assurance

At UVa, logging into systems with highly sensitive data requires a high level of identity assurance. Before allowing you to proceed to these systems, you must provide secure two-factor authentication:

  • possession of a hardware identity device (UVa Identity Token), and
  • knowledge of the password for the device.

  Page Updated: 2012-03-01